National Science Foundation

NSF: Management and Operation of the Gemini Observatory

Program Summary

Proposals are solicited to manage and operate the Gemini Observatory through a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Gemini Observatory is an international collaboration currently consisting of the funding partners of the U.S., Canada, Australia, Brazil, and Argentina, as well as host institutions in Chile and Hawaii. The Gemini Partnership operates twin optical/infrared optimized 8 m diameter telescopes on the superb sites of Mauna Kea, Hawaii and Cerro Pachón, Chile, providing large light-collecting areas, exquisite image quality, high infrared transparency (especially at Mauna Kea), agile and efficient scheduling queues, access to the entire sky, and well-developed infrastructures. Gemini North and Gemini South have carried out scientific operations since 2000 and 2001, respectively, addressing fundamental scientific questions with new observational and operational techniques.


One proposal per institution will be accepted.  Only a single award will result from this solicitation, therefore separately submitted collaborative proposals are not acceptable. In proposals involving multiple organizations, a single organization must be identified as the lead organization and accept overall management responsibility.

Award Information

The award will be a cooperative agreement for a duration of six years, covering the period January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2022.  

Anticipated funding amount: $182,229,000 to $208,103,000.  $182.229M for operations and maintenance plus up to $25.874M for instrument development over a 6-year period beginning January 1, 2017, subject to the availability of funds.

To comply with the limitation of one proposal per institution, please contact Fred Skiff, DEO in Physics & Astronomy, by November 3, 2014, if you are interested in submitting an application.

Date Due to DSP or UIF02/20/2015
Date Due to Sponsor02/27/2015
Required LOI Due Date11/28/2014
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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